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to 135 miles per hour. >>> president obama is back in washington this morning hoping to pull the country away from the "fiscal cliff." he took the red eye from hawaii overnight. senators are set to work today on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive car
christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> today's meeting will be the first time president obama and all four leaders of the house and senate have met in person since november 16. >> time to get it done. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will be back to work next week after three weeks off after a concussion she suffered when she fainted fighting a stomach virus. she is looking forward to resume her schedule, including testifying before congress about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya last september. >>> retired general known as "stormin' norman" has passed away. norman schwartzkopf died of complications from pneumonia yesterday in his home in florida. he was raised in the army and spent his life in fact military of. while in vietnam he famously rescued a wounded soldier by marking land mines with shaving cream. of course later he commanded the american led coalition in the iraq war. schwartzkopf was 78. >>> time now 6:10. families torn apart before they even meet their children. the political issue causing russia to ban american adoptions. >> plus it ha
warnings from the u.n. in washington says it successfully launched a loaning range rocket this morning. the north american aerospace defense command confirms an object was launched into argument claiming they sent a satellite into space for peaceful use. >>> one part of the rocket fell into the yellow sea another fell into the east china sea. and a thirst part fell into the pacific ocean -- a third part fell into the pacific ocean east of the philippines. >>> millionaire fugitive john mcafee is released from a detention center. he was taken into custody last week after sneaking into guatemala from belize where he is wanted in connection with a murder. a guatemalan judge gave mcafee 10 days to get his immigration situation order is out. >> hope he is writing a book while he is going through all this. >> so bizarre. >> i would read it. strange, strange. >>> how about some traffic now at 6:14? liz, it's all yours. >> thank you. let's go towards the bay bridge. we are just getting word of a new accident just past the pay gates. the metering lights are on. so you can see delays now as far b
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it's washington or san francisco? >> well, i have been trying to avoid crises. so we have our budget increasing, we have good revenues going. so i think locally we're doing okay. >> but we do have to watch out. >> all those things you always wind up having them in the office at the 11th hour, 59th minute, kicking and screaming. why? >> we politicians, phil are different from most people. we really do try to find the perfect answer. and it just takes longer. >> oh, come on. [ laughter ] >> you guys just can't stick around and agree. >> it doesn't work that way. >> you mean boehner and obama are look for the perfect answer? >> everybody is elected and everybody wishes to make good on their promises and clearly, you have to keep the debate going until you appeared to be the winner. >> so it is about winning, then. >> for politicians, probably yes. i have to say so. everybody has different things in play all the time. sometimes they are waiting for the right moment and waiting for circumstances that don't happen. >> how much of it is winning and how much is losing gracefully and saying
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